A small baby came in over the weekend with fever and lethargy. I began treating him for a bacterial infection in his blood.
Yesterday, during my examination of the child I told the mother she would be discharged on “Mekredi”. The mother smiled and clapped her hands as if to say, “that’s what I wanted to hear!” I knew she was excited to go home, so I was confused why she was happy I wanted to keep the child for a few extra days.
As I was preparing to move on to the next patient, Lisa questioned my wording and immediately I realized what I had done. I meant to say “Vandredi” (Friday), not “Mekredi” (Wednesday).
I ran over to the mom to stop her from packing. Fortunately, when I told her about my vocabulary error, she laughed and patted me on the shoulder.